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Cuomo blasts panel's call to delay Common Core

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New York education officials say they have heard all the complaints from parents and are recommending easing off some of the Common Core testing and teacher evaluations.

A Board of Regents work group recommended making the class of 2022, not the class of 2017, the first group required to pass Common Core-aligned English and math exams at what are considered "college- and career-ready levels," the AP reported.

The idea behind common core was to improve the education of New York public school students and have a more uniform standard all students could meet so in the end they are better prepared for college and work place.

To do that, kids would have to be tested to evaluate what areas need work. The students' tests scores also would be used to evaluate teacher performance.

Since the start, the Common Core curriculum has been fraught with problems including confusion and inconsistencies between school districts about how to implement the program and concern about testing kids who are not prepared for the new standards.

The P-12 Education and Higher Education Committee decided to adjust the implementation of the new Common Core standards. The full board is expected to act on the committee reports Tuesday.

The changes will delay testing and reduce the level of local school district testing associated with the new teacher evaluations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who championed the teacher evaluation plan, blasted the panel's recommendation, calling it "another in a series of missteps by the Board of Regents."

"Common Core is the right goal and direction as it is vital that we have a real set of standards for our students and a meaningful teacher evaluation system. However, Common Core’s implementation in New York has been flawed and mismanaged from the start," Cuomo said in a statement. "As far as today's recommendations are concerned, there is a difference between remedying the system for students and parents and using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher evaluation process."

The governor said he created a commission that is now working on a legislative solution to these problems.

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